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#1 lovepink

Posted 01 January 2013 - 09:12 AM

Hi all

I got a call from the Dr yesterday morning asking me to come in to discuss test results.

Turns out I am 100% immune to Mumps, I have zero immunity for Measels and my count for Rubella is 28, and the Dr says they like it to be 30.

He didnt say that I can't get pregnant with these results, just that Id have to be careful ... he also said he can give me a vaccination for these but then we'd have to wait 3 months before TTC. He said some people just have lower levels of immunity to certain things or vaccinations arent as effective - so even with the vaccine he cant say my immunity will increase. Has anyone else heard of this??

So what to do ... we really dont want to wait 3 months, especially as there is no guarantee ... people who experience unplanned pregnancy would more than likely not of had these tests before getting pregnant so what do they do if their situation is like mine?

Thanks in advance x

#2 Just_Keep_Swimming

Posted 01 January 2013 - 12:37 PM



Hi Op,

After a miscarriage two months ago my GP did a blood test and I had 0 count for rubella and 0 immunity to chicken pox and mumps. These were my results despite me having had the vaccine twice before in my life. Everyone's immunity is different. Some people can have the vaccine and be immune for the rest of their life and some need to keep getting boosters.

I had the booster as rubella and measles are going around our area at the moment. (Just after I had the shot my son caught a mild case of rubella from pre-school).
My GP said that you only need to wait 28 days after a vaccine of MMR. It used to be 3 months however as the affects on a baby after having a shot while pregnant is only in theory so they dropped it from 3 months to 28 days or a full cycle.
I also read on a health website that out of 4000 pregnant women that received the shot while pregnant or accidentally conceived after having the shot there were no affects on their babies.  
Though personally, I would wait as the severity of the possible affects on the baby is just not worth the rush.

Also it does not hurt to call another doctor or midwife and ask for their advice if you prefer not to wait the full 3 months.

Lots of luck and I hope you get a BFP soon :-)

Edited by Son_LightOfMyLife, 01 January 2013 - 12:38 PM.


#3 elizabethany

Posted 01 January 2013 - 01:00 PM

Mine was exactly the same, but swithched for Mumps and measles.  I decided not to ge the booster, as I have had it 4 times so far (in the last 14 years), and none of the times has the immunity for those two picked up.  The only reason I had ANYTHING for rubella is that I caught it while in high school, after the first MMR shot.  Unfortunatly, I am just a person who doesn't pick up immunity very easily.

For me, there was no point, I wasn't going to get immunity anyway, but for you it is a calculated risk.  The chances of catching it are reasonable low, but the side effects for the baby are pretty bad if you catch Rubella while pregnant (I have a cousin who is completely deaf due to this), so It is a risk I would be happier not to take.

If I was in your exact position, I would get the shot and wait out the time.  This is from the Aust govt immunisation site: "Seronegative women should be given MMR vaccine and advised not to become pregnant for 28 days after vaccination."

http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet...andbook-rubella

#4 lovepink

Posted 02 January 2013 - 10:11 AM

Thank you for your replies. I am very unsure what to do  sad.gif

#5 PatG

Posted 02 January 2013 - 10:20 AM

I would talk to the doctor again and query the 3 months cf 1 month wait.  It may be that you don't hold immunities very well but the shots could increase your immunity enough to make it through the very dangerous period of being pregnant and as a PP said, the dangers to an unborn baby if you contract rubella are pretty serious.  Are you all set to TTC apart from the immunities?  I.e taking extra folate for at least one month etc?  If I was you, which I'm not, I would be getting the MMR shot and waiting to TTC.

#6 IsolaBella

Posted 02 January 2013 - 10:22 AM

I would wait and have he shots. My Aunt coud never seroconversion for rubella 5shots in 5yrs no immunity. Unfortunately one PG first trimester she got rubella. She made the difficult decision to terminate.

So also think about the next step.

When was your last shot?

#7 kwiggle

Posted 02 January 2013 - 10:26 AM

Get the shot.  You may be resistant to developing immunity, but you'll only know if you have a booster.  Get a pertussis vaccine at the same time!  My decision tree for these kind of problems goes something like this -

What are the risks?  In this case your risk of contracting one of these diseases in pregnancy or while you have an infant are low, but the consequences are catastrophic.
What are the consequences of going ahead with the shot? You will have to delay TTC for one cycle.  Not a big deal over the course of a lifetime.
If I knew about it and didn't act, then had a problem how would I react to that?  Personally I would have trouble accepting my decision if my kid got really sick because I didn't do it.

You have a pretty unique opportunity to make everything just right before you get pregnant.  Heaps of people aren't smart enough to give themselves that chance!  Good luck.

#8 ubermum

Posted 02 January 2013 - 10:29 AM

Wait and have a booster. Measles is on the rise and some of these illnesses carry the risk of miscarriage if contracted by a pregnant woman. 3 months is not so long.  I miscarried at 3 months (other reasons), so my plans for a child were set back for many more months than that and carried the added burden of heartache. Give yourself the best possible chance of a successful pregnancy that you possibly can.

#9 PatG

Posted 02 January 2013 - 10:33 AM

I 2nd the whooping cough vaccine while you are at it.  Did you also have your chicken pox immunity looked at?

#10 lovepink

Posted 02 January 2013 - 11:16 AM

Has anyone had the vaccine and then waited only a month?

#11 anotherid

Posted 02 January 2013 - 02:22 PM

The Australian Immunisation Handbook is the bible for all things related to immunisation. This handbook states that you only need to wait 28 days before TTC. You can google it for yourself if you would like to check.

Then perhaps print a copy of it to show your GP and remind him that it is perhaps time for him to stay up to date. Out of advice like this really upsets me.

#12 EsmeLennox

Posted 02 January 2013 - 02:34 PM

It is only a 1 month wait and has been for quite some years. Your GP is out of touch.

Get the shot, waiting for a short time is not a big deal.


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